Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park

Parques_naturales-de-soria-españa-fascinanteThe Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park takes up 9,580 hectares and it is about 25 kilometers long.

It forms a kind of axis that consists of some lands from the northwest of the Province of Soria and the south west of Burgos.

It is located in a low height mountain range in the middle of the northern third of Spain, delimiting an imaginary border between the Cantabrian Mountains and the highest part of the Duero plain.

The Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park is mainly made up of a big limestone canyon that has been formed through the centuries by the effect of the river on the stone. The continual action works in two different ways: erosion and dissolution.

This latter is the one that has changed the landscape more gracefully. It has formed attractive concavities whose colours are due to the minerals that contain the water and the rock in the wall interior flanks. The Natural Park Cañón del Río Lobos is found in a rugged terrain that increases the beauty of the location.

Vegetation and fauna

Related to its flora, its most representative tree is the Juniperus thurifera, but there are also pine groves, Portuguese oak or Valencian oak, holm oaks, black poplars and willows. The volume of the river is in some stretches filled with water lilies and other floating plants. 

The fauna of the Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park is usually not visible during the daylight hours as there is no much space to hide in the narrow canyon. There are roe deers, wildboars, foxes, hares (sometimes you can also see squirrels). We recommend you to take binoculars since in its crags inhabit griffon vultures, eagles, common kestrels and peregrine falcons. It is easy to see them flying or in their nests.

Hiking and how to get there

There are several marked itineraries to walk around the Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park such as the Sendero Ibérico Soriano, the Ruta del Río (that cover the canyon following the riverbed) or the Ruta de las Gullurías.

Furthermore, the Natural Park has inside or in the outskirts important heritage actives like the castle of Ucero and the chapel of San Bartoolomé (linked to the Templars). In the village of Ucero is the cave of the Galiana Baja.

The south entrance to the Natural Park is located in the road SO-920 between Burgo De Osma and San Leonardo de Yagüe. We do not recommend the northern entrance because of the road signs. You should leave the car in the village of Hontoria del Pinar (Burgos) and go to the south.

A third option is the road SO-934 that crosses the park in the middle of its route, between the villages of Guijosa and San Leonardo de Yagüe.

Recommendations on where to eat and where to sleep around

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Province of Burgos

In Hontoria del Pinar

El Chato restaurant

Province of Soria

In El Burgo de Osma

Virrey Palafox restaurant

Puente Real restaurant

Mesón Marcelino restaurant

In San Leonardo de Yagüe

Mesón el Portalón restaurant

Mesón San Blas restaurant

Asador Don Rodrigo restaurant

In Santa María de las Hoyas

Las Hoyas restaurant

Los Girasoles restaurant

In Ucero

La Parrilla de San Bartolo restaurant

El Balcón del Cañón restaurant

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Province of Burgos

In Hontoria del Pinar

El Chato hostel

Entrada Río Lobos holiday cottage

La Casa del Médico holiday cottage

In Casarejos

Posada Real de Carreteros holiday cottage

El Carrascal holiday cottage

In El Burgo de Osma

Río Ucero hotel

Virrey hotel

Termal hotel

In San Leonardo de Yagüe

Manrique de Lara hotel

Torres hostel

Villa de San Leonardo holiday cottage

In Santa María de las Hoyas

Las Hoyas holiday cottage

El Arreñal holiday cottage

In Ucero

Posada de los Templarios holiday cottage

Mari Carmen – La Makila holiday cottage

Lobo rural apartments

Cañón del Río Lobos camping

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Soriaventura active tourism (Soria)

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Casa del Parque Natural. Carretera SO-920 Km. 16. Ucero. Soria. Spain. Phones 975 376 590 / 975 363 564. GPS coordinates. 41º 43′ 0.67″ N – 3º 3′ 3.77″ W.

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